Death By Malice 10: A Josiah Reynolds Mystery

Josiah Reynolds Mysteries

Book 10
Worker Bee Press
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      In the tradition of Miss Marple, our amateur beekeeping sleuth, Josiah Reynolds, finds herself embroiled in yet another mystery.  This time it involves the disappearance of a good friend which leads to murder.

     Josiah Reynolds opened her front door to find her neighbor, Sandy Sloan, clutching her little dog, Georgie.  “Hi Josiah.  Sorry to bother you.  Can you keep my dog for a couple of days while I check on my mother?  She’s ill and needs help.”

Josiah reluctantly said yes, not because she didn’t want to take care of the animal.  She had plenty of room for a little dog like Georgie.  She was reluctant because she knew Sandy’s mother couldn’t possibly be ill.  Her mother was, in fact, dead. 

     Josiah knew this because she had attended the woman’s funeral. 

     Why would Sandy tell such a lie?  And a stupid lie at that.  Was Sandy trying to signal she was in distress and needed help?  Josiah had no way of knowing that in four hours, Sandy would disappear from the face of the earth, and no one–not even Josiah–would be able to find her.

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Death By Haunting 7
Terrence Bailey awakes one night to find his mother-in-law standing in a corner of his bedroom. The only problem is that his mother-in-law has been dead for seven years. Several weeks later Terrence dies of a heart attack . . . or does he? Josiah's nose starts twitching in a bad way when Terrence goes to the "Great Beyond" and she thinks his death has something to do with Jean Louis, an internationally known portrait artist who has come to the Bluegrass to paint Lady Elsmere's portrait. She just doesn't like Jean Louis and does some digging on him. What she finds will involve Detective Goetz and almost get her daughter, Asa, shot. Again, Josiah blames the black earth of Kentucky for spitting back secrets that should have remained buried in the dark and bloody ground.

Death By Derby 8
Charlie Hoskins was a self-made man. Born poor as a church mouse, he was relentless in his pursuit of money to the point of being universally hated. Oh, he was admired for his rags-to-riches story. He was admired for being a good businessman. But Charlie never learned tact and made many enemies in the process of realizing his goals. He didn’t care that in order to accomplish his dreams, he trampled on those of others. So it didn’t surprise Josiah Reynolds when someone decided to kill Charlie. The only thing that bothered her was that her lawyer and friend, Shaneika Mary Todd, might have done the dirty deed! Join Josiah as she discovers the truth in a world that hides its secrets among antebellum mansions and million dollar horses grazing in emerald pastures.
This is the world of the Bluegrass . . . a world of wealth, privilege, and now murder!

Death By Design 9
Josiah Reynolds could hardly believe she heard someone call out her name as she strolled down 75th Street in New York City. With the promise of a free drink, Bunny Witt, of the Philadelphia Witts, steered Josiah into nearby Bemelmans Bar where she proceeded to unfold a tale about being stalked by a mysterious stranger. It seems that Bunny’s apartments in London, New York, and Lexington, Kentucky have been broken into and carefully searched, yet nothing seems to have been taken. Bunny claims she has no idea what this mystery person could want from her. However, she is desperate for someone to help her find out who is tormenting her and why. She has decided that someone should be our Josiah! This chance encounter in the Big Apple leads Josiah into the world of haute couture, mysterious princes from India, precious gems, and . . . murder!
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Worker Bee Press
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Published on
Mar 21, 2017
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9780997972900
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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Three Great Mysteries In One Package!



Death By A HoneyBee 1

Josiah Reynolds, a former art history professor, was once a
celebrity with wealth, social position, and a famous husband. Now all of
that is gone. The professor finds her circumstances drastically
altered. Retired, Josiah is now a beekeeper trying to stay financially
afloat by selling honey at the local Farmers’ Market. She finds her
world turned upside down when a man is found dead in her bee yard, only
to discover that the victim is her competitor and nemesis. The police
suspect the brutal death is murder and Josiah is their number one
suspect.



Death By Drowning 2

In the second novel of the series, Josiah survives a forty-foot
fall off a cliff only to discover that her nightmare is not over.
O'nan's body is never found and he may be alive. Josiah puts the past
behind her but it reaches out, threatening to pull her off the cliff
again. Matt, her best friend, and Jake, her physical therapist, stand
between Josiah and harm. Even they can't keep danger at bay. Once again,
Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters found in the lush
Bluegrass horse world of Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum
mansions.



Death By Bridle 3

Josiah is back on the trail of a murderer. Arthur Aaron Greene III
is one of Kentucky's most prominent horsemen, but he is found hanging
from the rafters in a horse barn with stones in his pockets and a bucket
of water under his feet. The only witness is a nine year old boy who
can't seem to remember exactly what happened. Relentless in her pursuit
of the killer, Josiah stumbles into decades of lies and deception that
include her dear friend, Lady Elsmere. Josiah discovers that she must go
back to 1962 if she is to find out the truth at all! 

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Family secrets come back to haunt Jack Reacher in this electrifying thriller from “a superb craftsman of suspense” (Entertainment Weekly).

Jack Reacher hits the pavement and sticks out his thumb. He plans to follow the sun on an epic trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn’t get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been: the town where his father was born. He thinks, What’s one extra day? He takes the detour.

At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians had been on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. Now they’re stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. The owners seem almost too friendly. It’s a strange place, but it’s all there is.

The next morning, in the city clerk’s office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He’s told no one named Reacher ever lived in town. He’s always known his father left and never returned, but now Reacher wonders, Was he ever there in the first place?

As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

Praise for Past Tense

“Child is one writer who should never be taken for granted.”—The New York Times Book Review

“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic

“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)

“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)

“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Death By Bourbon:  Life takes a dramatic turn for Josiah when she witnesses a death at an engagement party for Matt, her best friend.

Charming socialite Addison DeWitt falls into a fit after taking a sip of bourbon. That would be upsetting enough, but Josiah is sure it is murder. However, no one will believe her except for Lady Elsmere and Meriah Caldwell, the famous mystery writer. The three of them conspire to bring the murderer to justice. It turns out the suspect is always three steps ahead of them.

To make matters worse, Josiah's daughter, Asa decides to move to London, Franklin leaves town, and Jake starts singing a different tune. Josiah doubts her ability to meet the future alone. Maybe it's time to sell the Butterfly and move to Florida with the rest of the old folks.

But Josiah is sure of one thing. There is justice and then there is Kentucky justice.

 

Death By Lotto:  Ethel Bradley thinks someone is trying to kill her, but doesn’t know who or why. She enlists the help of her childhood friend, Lady Elsmere, but Lady Elsmere has troubles of her own in the form of a ne’er-do-well English nephew who’s trying to steal her estate. Both women turn to Josiah Reynolds, who has just returned from New York.

Josiah calls Detective Goetz who recommends a shamus named Walter Neff. Walter and Josiah scour the Bluegrass for answers that turn out to be deadly. To make matters worse for Josiah, Fred O’nan (the rogue cop who tried to kill Josiah in Death By A HoneyBee) is a free man and still gunning for her.

Josiah, full of sass and vinegar, meets these challenges head on with the support of her friends, Franklin and Matt. Will Josiah be thwarted this time?

Kentucky can be a cruel mistress to those wanting justice and exacts a high price for it. Sometimes the “dark and bloody ground” demands double indemnity. This is something Josiah knows very well. Very well indeed.

 

Death By Chocolate:  Josiah Reynolds is tracking down the disappearance of an old friend’s son. But while she is chasing a missing person, O’nan is hot on Josiah’s trail chasing her. And he is threatening, conniving, and blackmailing others to help destroy the woman he thinks ruined his life. Will he finally succeed?

Or will Josiah outwit him as she has always done?

One thing is for sure . . . when Josiah and O’nan finally clash at the Cumberland Falls, will justice will be done? As Josiah always says - there is the law and then there is Kentucky justice.

Will Josiah survive the thundering and treacherous waters of the Cumberland Falls or will O'nan finally push our brave Josiah over the edge?

 

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